At one time here in the States the Feds required all new vehicles to light their way with sealed beam headlights. That meant two or four round or rectangular units with pretty much flat faces, not the best thing for cheating the wind and eking out that extra MPG. That all changed in the mid-eighties when Ford twisted the Government’s arm and brought American standards into reasonable parity with the rest of the world, allowing for composite headlights that could conform to body shape and cut through the air like you just do care.
Composite lights – in their seemingly infinite iterations – have been the norm ever since, which proved to be one more nail in the coffin of one of auto enthusiast’s most popular car features, the hidden headlight, or pop-up light. The death knell for the now-you-seem-em-now-you-don’t lights was the advent of daytime running lights in some jurisdictions, and the added cost and weight that doors and motors demand. Today, there isn’t a single new car around that offers the opportunity to hide its lights.
Why do we love hidden headlights? Who knows, it’s just a simple fact that they have long seemed special. What we want to know here is, which of those many, many cars with hidden lights you think was the most special. In your mind, what car had history’s greatest hidden lights?